I’ve debated this blog post for at least two weeks (which explains the fact that there was no post last week). Well, here it is. I decided to make this short and hope you’ll at least think about if and how it applies to you.
Stay-at-home policies aren’t comfortable. I am comfortable when I can go where I want (without getting sick, of course). I am comfortable lounging at Panera bread with a cinnamon crunch bagel and an iced tea with five slices of lemon. I am comfortable when I can hug my friends at church or at my networking groups. I am comfortable when I make my own choices.
But in a pandemic what matters isn’t really my comfort, it’s the common good.
And that’s a pretty biblical concept.
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—
but not everything is beneficial.
“I have the right to do anything”—
but not everything is constructive.
No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
I Corinthians 10:23–24 (NIV)
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit,
but with humility of mind regard one another
as more important than yourselves;
do not merely look out for your own personal interests,
but also for the interests of others.
Philippians 2:3–4 (NASB)
For you have been called to live in freedom,
my brothers and sisters.
But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature.
Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
Galatians 5:13 (NLT)
So as your state or county does or doesn’t open up (or fights about opening up), as the new normal doesn’t look like we think it should, all I ask of you—and of me—is that we consider the common good, which Jesus summed up in three words—Love one another.